Commonwealth Corporation is in the skills building business

About Us

Commonwealth Corporation (CommCorp) is a quasi-public agency that was established in 1996 through the merger of two Massachusetts nonprofit organizations: the Industrial Service Program and the Bay State Skills Corporation. The agency is responsible for administering and delivering a wide range of publicly and privately funded programs. CommCorp is governed by a 19-member board of directors that includes leaders from the private sector, organized labor, academia, and government.

As a nationally recognized leader in building industry sector partnerships that address the skill needs of specific employers in an industry, we create new or expanded capacity in education and training programs for demand occupations. We are committed to ensuring that Massachusetts businesses have access to a pipeline of highly skilled workers and that youth and adults in Massachusetts have pathways to good jobs in the knowledge economy.

Our Mission

Commonwealth Corporation fosters workforce equity in Massachusetts by delivering innovative and collaborative professional development solutions that help diverse communities and employers succeed.

Our Vision

A world where meaningful employment can lead to upward mobility for all.

About Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) manages the Commonwealth’s workforce development and labor departments to ensure that workers, employers, and the unemployed have the tools and training needed to succeed in the Massachusetts economy.

EOLWD oversees the Department of Unemployment Assistance, the Department of Career Services, the Department of Labor Standards, the Department of Industrial Accidents, the Department of Labor Relations, and the Commonwealth Corporation.

Financial Statements

The audited financial statements include an unmodified opinion and represent accurately the fiscal year activity of Commonwealth Corporation.

Our Values


CommCorp believes in empowering life-long learners by investing in our people and fostering a culture of growth, both personally and professionally


In partnership with our community, our grantees, and our partners, we seek to be proactive in seeking feedback and responding to the needs of those we serve.


As a group, we are committed to making informed decisions that ensure equitable treatment, access, forward progress, and advancement for all, while identifying and removing the barriers that have hampered the full participation of some groups.


In all aspects of our business, professional and personal, we strive to create balance. This includes the ability to adapt throughout daily activities in order to support productivity and creativity in order to enhance mental health, peace, and happiness.


Keeping transparency and ethical standards a priority is an essential part of our identity, one that enables us to be trusted by our colleagues and constituents alike.


In our role as stewards of public and philanthropic resources, it is our responsibility to improve our workforce by managing resources effectively, pivoting with the times, and implementing data-driven solutions.

Meet The Executive Leadership Team

Charles Ocitti

Chief Financial Advisor

Theresa Rowland

Senior Vice President Programming

Yashu Kauffman

Vice President, Research and Evaluation

Deidra Leconte

Vice President, Human Resources

Christine Abrams

President & CEO

Kataney Couamin Prior

‪Vice President, Programs

Meet the Staff

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Job Title



Marie Labranche-Paul

Accounts Payable Coordinator
Finance, HR, IT

Kevin L. Emile

IT & Facilities Support
Finance, HR, IT

Abby Corsun-Ascher

Program Manager
Industry and Occupation

Dottie Catlin

Director, Career Technical Initiative
Industry and Occupation

Crystal Lopez Haynes

Program Manager
Industry and Occupation

Quinn Etchie

Instructional Coach
Youth Advancement

Tara Brophy

Senior Editor, Curriculum
Youth Advancement

Allen Truitt

Employer Outreach Specialist
Youth Advancement

Charles Ocitti

Chief Financial Advisor
Finance, HR, IT

Yashu Kauffman

Vice President, Research and Evaluation
Research & Evaluation

Meet Board of Directors

Rosalin Acosta

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Oswald Mondejar

Mucho Gusto, Inc.

Gene A. Miller

Director of Socially Responsible Leadership
Brandeis University Business School

Micheal Kennealy

Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development

Sherman Carter

Chief Financial Officer
EL Education, Inc.

Camilo Cobos

Vice President, Human Resources Pharma Services Group
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Leslie Gould

Executive Director
Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce

Enna Jimenez

Head of Quality, Senior Director

Anthony Pini

Legislative Political Director
Massachusetts Laborers District Council

Charles Acellam Ocitti

Chief Financial Officer
Daily Table

Jean-Phillip Brignol

Assistant Counsel
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Lisa Wong

Town Administrator
Town of South Hadley, MA

Mark D. Fuller

Undersecretary of Business Growth
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Mary Jo Meisner

MJM Advisory Services LLC

Darla Pares DeGrace

Executive Director, Head of Diversity Talent Acquisition
Morgan Stanley

Elizabeth Bennett, Designee

Associate Commissioner
College, Career & Technical Education

James Peyser, Designee

Executive Office of Education

Erin Quinn

Assoc. Commissioner of Employment and Training Programs
Department of Transitional Assistance

Building Skills for a Strong Economy

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Job Growth by Fiscal Year for Grantees That Completed WTFP Grants in FY '21
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Massachusetts Workers Served in 2021

Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public agency that was established in 1996 under the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. 

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